When Erin and Adam learned that their baby had a very sick heart, it would have been easy for them to feel overwhelmed by Oliver’s scary diagnosis… and all the medical language that was so foreign to them. But they say Oliver’s team of doctors and nurses kept them focussed on survival… and helped them stay positive and hopeful for his future. Here’s Oliver’s mom, Erin.
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In the span of five days, Liam nearly died four times. And
as if surviving that wasn’t enough, he then faced a bone marrow transplant. His
mom, Evonne, says the only way her family was able to cope with her son
teetering so close to death was with the skills and support of his incredible
care team. Today, Liam is on the road to recovery, looking forward to much
healthier days ahead. Here’s Evonne.
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For years, Jack’s parents searched for answers about his health.
But there are no blood tests or x-rays that pinpoint mental health issues. By the time they turned to the Alberta
Children’s Hospital, they were exhausted and desperate. Thankfully, they found
the support and answers they needed… and today Jack is doing much better as a
result. Here’s Jack’s mom, Heather.
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Jacci knew for some time that her son, Brady, would likely
not live into his teens. His disease had already taken his ability to walk and
talk… Yet even though he was deteriorating physically, the hospital and Rotary
Flames House made sure his spirits did not. In the end, they gave Jacci and
Brady incredible moments that Jacci will forever cherish. Here’s their story.
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There’s a special bond between dads and their sons. No
wonder. To little boys, their dads are often bigger, stronger versions of
themselves. A glimpse of who they might grow up to be. But as strong as Josh has
been for his boys in the past, finding out his son Mason had cancer, was almost
more than he could bear. Here’s Josh.
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Every mother treasures the moment she and her baby are first
able to look into each other’s eyes. But when her daughter Erika was born,
Kristen worried that might not ever happen for them. Thankfully, specialists at
the Alberta Children’s Hospital reassured her that they could help. And today,
baby Erika has her sight. Here’s Kristen.
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How do you explain to a 7-year-old that she has cancer? And
how do you keep it together knowing she’s watching your every move? These are
questions Lesley grappled with when her sweet girl, Thea, was diagnosed with a
tumour in her leg and cancer in her lungs. As tough as it’s been, Thea has
played a big part in keeping her family positive… with help from her amazing
team at the hospital. Here’s Lesley.
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Listening to her talk, you could easily mistake Amy for a
med student. She has hospital terminology down pat and is wise beyond her 16 years.
Unfortunately, the reason she knows so much is because she’s lived with a
life-threatening blood disorder for nearly a decade. Today, thanks to the
hospital and a bone marrow transplant, she may now be cured. Here’s Amy.
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It’s amazing how serious illness can change a mother’s goals
for her child. Tonya now sees every day with 4-year-old Natasha as a gift. And
her hope for her little girl is simply that she finds happiness. Tonya credits
the hospital for helping her daughter get her smile back… and for doing all
they can to give Natasha the best future possible. Here’s how their journey
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is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of even the strongest among us. As
grown-ups, we know it involves harsh treatments and various odds of survival.
But when you’re a kid, it would be easy to worry that it means only one thing.
That was Jack’s perspective… and one of the challenges his parents faced when learned
he had leukemia. Here’s Cheryl.
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